Actor Barrington De La Roche has been convicted of pocketing pension money and welfare payments while working in the entertainment industry. The 70 year old, who appears opposite Johnny Depp in new movie London Fields, pleaded guilty after he was accused of failing to notify Britain's Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of a change in circumstance.
Prosecutors claimed De La Roche, from Wandsworth, south London, had taken welfare money from the state while working as an actor.
During a hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court in London on Monday (20Oct14), District Judge James Henderson conditionally discharged De La Roche for eighteen months and ordered him to pay $136 (£85) costs and a $24 (£15) victim surcharge.
He is repaying a debt of more than $12,000 (£7,500) to the DWP.
Country singer Rosanne Cash was honoured for her career achievements by editors at Smithsonian magazine on Thursday (16Oct14). Johnny Cash's daughter was one of only 10 recipients of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards during a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Officials at the U.S. Institution's publication paid tribute to groundbreaking individuals across the fields of performing and visual arts, education, technology and social progress.
At the third annual event, Cash was honoured for her 2014 concept album, The River & the Thread, a critically acclaimed record which marked her first release in four years.
Legendary music producer T Bone Burnett presented Cash with the award.
Cash, 59, has long been a mainstay in country music, earning 12 Grammy nominations and one win in 1985 for her track I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me.
A new movie about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon has been selected as Spain's official entry for next year's (15) Best Foreign Film Oscar. Director David Trueba's Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) chronicles an English-language teacher's obsession with the late Beatles star.
The movie's title is a lyric from the Fab Four's Strawberry Fields Forever, which Lennon began writing in Almeria, Spain.
The Trueba family isn't new to Oscars glory - David's brother Fernando won gold in the Best Foreign Film category in 1994 for Belle Epoque.
Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados faces stiff opposition for a nomination in January (15) - Venezuela's Simon Bolivar biopic El Libertador - the most expensive film made in the nation - and Croatia's Cowboys, which won the Audience Award at the country's recent Pula Film Festival, are among the early favourites, alongside Mexico's Cantinflas and Turkey's Winter Sleep.
Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte and actress Tyne Daly were among the celebrities who helped to celebrate the life of late screen icon Ruby Dee at a special memorial service on Saturday (20Sep14). Guests gathered at the Riverside Church in New York to salute the actress and civil rights activist in a three-hour ceremony, which featured performances from jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, Peter, Paul and Mary star Peter Yarrow and pregnant Keys, who sang her Superwoman hit for the crowd.
Daly joined fellow actresses, including Phylicia Rashad, Kim Fields, Pauletta Washington, Lynn Whitfield and S. Epatha Merkerson, to read passages of Dee's poetry and prose, while the veteran entertainer's A Raisin in the Sun co-star Glynn Turman paid tribute to Dee, saying, "I feel honoured to have known Ruby Dee, but I feel so very blessed that she knew me."
There was also a message from U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, who praised the Jungle Fever star for her "extraordinary life" and for "throwing open the doors of opportunity", while Belafonte delivered a eulogy on video and Sidney Poitier remembered Dee as "an artist, the likes of which I have never seen" in a letter read out during the service.
Actress Angela Bassett and Broadway star Audra McDonald were notably absent from the previously announced line-up after having to pull out of the ceremony at late notice.
Dee died in June (14) at the age of 91.
British supermodel Cara Delevingne has landed her first role as a leading lady on the big screen in the forthcoming film adaptation of hit novel Paper Towns. The runway beauty, who made her acting debut in 2012's Anna Karenina, has been tapped to portray Margo in the movie mystery, which is based on author John Green's 2008 book. The story follows two childhood pals, played by Delevingne and Nat Wolff, who embark on a revenge mission only for Margo to go missing days later.
Josh Boone, who also directed the recent film version of Green's teenage cancer novel The Fault in Our Stars, will take charge of the project, which is scheduled for release in July, 2015.
Delevingne previously landed small roles in new thriller The Face of an Angel and upcoming Johnny Depp film London Fields, while she is also in talks to star John Stamos' Beach Boys musical All Summer Long.
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When you’ve led a life that had earned you admittance into the Order of the British Empire, presidency over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a handful of awards recognizing your work both in front of and behind the camera, it is safe to say that you have done pretty well for yourself. The world must bid a sad goodbye to Richard Attenborough, who has passed away Sunday, but should recall the multihyphenate’s unbounded degree of accomplishment in the world of, and beyond, cinema. Attenborough was 90 years old.
Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to scholarly parents, Attenborough grew up in an environment that seems to have celebrated academia, creativity, and kindness. During the Holocast, Attenborough’s family welcomed into their home a pair of young Jewish refugees from Germany, eventually adopting the girls into the family. Attenborough himself joined the plight against the Third Reich by serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II.
While his similarly renowned brother David went on to pursue work in the fields of nature and broadcast, Attenborough took an early shine to acting, performing at the beginning of his career in films like In Which We Serve, Brighton Rock, and Morning Departure. He also experienced some work on the stage, joining up with the production of The Mousetrap by author Agatha Christie.
The late 1950s and early to mid 1960s saw Attenborough take some big name projects, notably The Great Escape and The Flight of the Phoenix, and comedic projects like I’m All Right Jack and Dr. Dolittle. Attenborough began to appear in fewer films as time went on, however — for fourteen years following 1979’s The Human Factor, he did not appear in a single film.
During this time, Attenborough honed his behind-the-camera skills. The director’s most cherished accomplishment is doubtlessly his 1982 biopic Gandhi, for which he won Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards. The film featured Ben Kingsley in a memorable, career-expanding performance as the historical activist. Attenborough created another memorable biopic ten years later: Chaplin, starring Robert Downey, Jr. as the silent film icon.
But Attenborough did return to the screen, and in fantastic form: as the big-dreaming John Hammond in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies. Some of his most recent contributions to cinema include his directorial projects Shadowlands, Grey Owl, and Closing the Ring. As an actor, Attenborough has appeared in 1998’s Elizabeth and 2002’s Puckoon.
Attenborough is survived by his wife Sheila Sim, whom he married in 1945, and two children: Michael and Charlotte. Attenborough’s daughter Jane passed away in 2004.
Pregnant singer Christina Aguilera has dedicated her final few days before giving birth to helping other mothers around the world. The Fighter hitmaker is preparing to welcome a baby girl with her fiance Matt Rutler, and she has been spending the last days of pregnancy undertaking charity work.
Aguilera is a long-time supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort, and she is spearheading a new drive called #PasstheRedCup to help mothers around the world who are struggling to feed their children.
She has posed for pictures holding a red cup on her pregnant belly and penned a blog about her experiences in Rwanda last year (13) for Huffingtonpost.com.
Aguilera writes, "So much can change in life in just one year. This summer, I've been preparing for the arrival of my new baby girl and working on recording new music for my next album. It's hard to believe that about the same time last year I was in the fields of Rwanda with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Yum! Brands' World Hunger Relief effort. The beautiful faces of the young mothers and children I met in Rwanda are with me every day and fuel my passion to raise awareness about the critical global hunger issue.
"It's heartbreaking to me that in our social media driven, increasingly-connected world, nearly 850 million people go to bed hungry each night. And this includes far too many children. It's a subject so close to my heart and has been for a long time, being a mom."
Aguilera is also mother to a six-year-old son named Max, from her first marriage to Jordan Bratman.
The future of the first Alt-Fest remains a mystery following Marilyn Manson's announcement the show has been cancelled. The festival's official website is still counting down the days to the event, which is scheduled to begin on 15 August (14), and there is no official word from promoters that the three-day event in Northamptonshire, England has been called off, but Manson has updated his online schedule, scrawling "cancelled" across his Alt-Fest date.
Rockers Cradle of Filth have also reported the festival is off, and promoter Rob Ferguson, who represents many of the acts set to perform, including co-headliners Fields Of The Nephilim, has tweeted, "Well, what a surprise. Alt-Fest is no more. I feel extremely sorry for all those who will undoubtedly lose money. Bad times."
The inaugural event was also set to feature performances from Killing Joke, Dead Kennedys, Gary Numan and The Cult, whose set was to be their only U.K. date of 2014.
The Alt-Fest event was powered by a Kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign, during which music fans donated over $102,000 (£60,000) to help promoters stage the show.
Actress Renee Zellweger has put her Connecticut mansion back on the market for the second time in three years. The Jerry Maguire star is attempting to unload her rural Promfret estate for $1.6 million (£941,905), just two years after she tried to sell it in 2011 for $1.5 million (£883,036), according to the New York Daily News.
The colonial property, known as the Cotton Tavern, stretches across 38 acres of land, including open fields and multiple gardens.
The main residence was built in 1770 and includes an open kitchen, seven fireplaces, wood-panelled library, barn, swimming pool and guest house.
Zellweger purchased the property in 2004.
Blondie stars Deborah Harry and Chris Stein have paid tribute to the last existing member of the original Ramones line-up following his death. Tommy Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi, lost his battle with cancer last week (11Jul14), and, as part of a new Billboard magazine tribute, his fellow punk pioneers have remembered him fondly.
Guitarist Stein recalls meeting the drummer in the early 1970s and keeping in touch with him as he co-founded the Ramones.
He says, "I probably was at their first show at CBGBs (iconic New York rock venue) and remember how awesome they were in spite of their rawness. Tommy was an amazing asset to the group, and I was always taken by his light drumming technique that somehow drove their very powerful, ferocious sound.
"He was a gentle and supersmart guy and a mover and shaper of the New York underground music scene, and we all will remember him fondly."
Bandmate Harry adds, "Tommy seemed to me so understated compared to the rest of The Ramones. But I loved the way he played, and this light, very accessible style made those early songs loved by everyone. He added so much to their recording style and origination that I will mourn them even more now that he's gone, too."
The Billboard piece also features tributes from Lenny Kaye and former Ramones manager Danny Fields.